In celebration of Pride Month 2022, we're screening a collection of cult classics that have made a lasting impact in the last century of cinema.
From eternal classic The Wizard of Oz, to modern day classics like Firebird and Tangerine, Pride Season at ODEON is filled with unforgettable moments that film lovers need to see on the big screen.
Prepare your diary, here's our full lineup of seven cinematic wonders.
Cabaret (50th Anniversary)
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Cast: Liza Minelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Marisa Berenson, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper
It might be celebrating its 50th anniversary but the themes of creeping fascism, queerness and gender ambiguity mean this timeless musical is as relevant as it ever was. Set against the backdrop of the dying days of Germany’s Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi Party, this political unrest is filtered through the hedonistic Kit Kat Club – a haven for Berlin’s rebels and outcasts where cabaret performer Sally Bowles takes the spotlight against the darkness looming just outside the stage door.
With electric performances from Liza Minnelli as Sally and Joel Grey as the outrageous MC, showstoppers like Cabaret, Money Makes The World Go Around and Tomorrow Belongs To Me, and legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse sprinkling all the razzle-dazzle with increasing danger, Cabaret remains a thrilling example of the power of cinema.
Firebird + Recorded Q&A
Directed by: Peeter Rebane
Cast: Tom Prior, Nicholas Woodeson, Diana Pozharskaya, Kaspar Velberg, Oleg Zagorodnii, Jake Henderson
Based on the memoir of ex-soldier Sergey Fetisov, this romantic epic tells the true story of a doomed love affair between Sergey and fighter pilot Roman, who are drawn together at a Soviet military base during the Cold War. Into the mix comes Luisa, secretary to the base commander, and a dangerous love triangle forms that risks all of their lives under the watchful eye of the KGB and an oppressive Soviet regime.
Passionate and heartfelt, and with timely echoes of the fear gay people still endure in the current Russian political climate, Firebird is a powerful tale of forbidden love. And as an extra treat for fans of the film, a recorded Q&A with the filmmakers will play after the feature.
Directed by: Sean Baker
Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan
Released in 2015, this comedy-drama has seen its reputation grow and grow in the intervening years, rightfully acclaimed as a huge leap forward for the depiction of transgender people on film. When she discovers that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, transgender sex worker Sin-Dee sets off with her best friend Alexandra to track him down and teach him a lesson. Along the way, the chase plot transforms into an exploration of LA’s underbelly and the community of people who live there, that is as warm, funny and inclusive as it is touching.
A micro-budget feat of filmmaking that was shot on iPhones – although you’d never know it from the gorgeous, sunset-hued cinematography – Tangerine is a lesson to all would-be film directors on how to get out there and tell your story with limited resources.
The Wizard Of Oz
Directed by: Victor Flemming, George Cukor
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
A film so beloved just about every element has been absorbed into popular culture, what’s so amazing about a classic we all know inside out, is just how fresh and joyous it remains with every viewing. The Technicolor still dazzles (especially on the big screen) as the sepia-toned real world gives way to the wonders of Oz. The funny bits are still funny – see the cowardly lion’s, “Put ‘em up” shuffle, or the scarecrow’s indignant dismantling, “First they tore my legs off and they threw them over there!” The Wicked Witch will always be the scariest villain in cinema. And Judy Garland’s rendition of Over The Rainbow will always be the most beautiful hymn to escaping that musicals offer us.
A legendary film whose sparkle will never fade, it deserves to be seen at the cinema.
Directed by: Todd Stephens
Cast: Jennifer Coolidge, Udo Kier, Linda Evans, Michael Urie, Ira Hawkins, Stephanie McVay
Pitched as a gay version of David Lynch’s Straight Story, this bittersweet slice-of-life comedy finds retired hairdresser Mr Pat (a career-best Udo Kier) escaping his nursing home and embarking on a cross-country quest back to his hometown. His mission? To fix the hair of his most beloved ex-client in readiness for her funeral.
Along the way, he drops in on some of his old haunts, is visited by his deceased partner David, who was lost to AIDS in the 1980s, and gradually transforms from a frail old man into the fabulous and fearless force of nature he used to be – no doubt helped by the spearmint green safari suit and trilby combo he wears for the second half of the film. Equal parts hilarious and touching, brimming with camp and pathos, Swan Song is a love letter to changing times and a spirit that refuses to die.
George Michael: Freedom Uncut
Directed by: George Michael, David Austin
Cast: James Corden, Ricky Gervais, Elton John, Nile Rodgers, Stevie Wonder, George Michael
A heart-on-the-sleeve documentary that George was heavily involved with before his untimely death in 2016, it is narrated by the singer himself as he talks openly about the two different parts of his persona – the pop star public figure and the private life he kept hidden from the world for so long.
The film focuses on a key period, covering the making of his chart-topping album Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1, the subsequent high court battle with his record label, and the death of his first love and muse, Anselmo Feleepa. An absolute must for fans, it features George’s own, previously unseen home footage, giving viewers a first-person glimpse into his life as he became one of the biggest solo artists of all time, helped to rewrite the rules of the music industry and turned his back on celebrity life just as his star was shining brightest.
Death Becomes Her
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Bruce Willis, Isabella Rossellini, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn
It’s no wonder this outrageous black comedy has become a cult classic. Starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn hamming it up to the max as frenemies battling for the affections of Bruce Willis, it’s a satire on Hollywood’s obsession with youth that thinks nothing of blasting a hole through its stars or twisting their heads round backwards.
Both Meryl’s diva actress and Goldie’s meek screenwriter will stop at nothing to win over Bruce’s increasingly befuddled plastic surgeon, stealing him back and forth over the years and eventually resorting to a magic potion that promises a decade of perfect beauty – with the unfortunate side effect that the body remains immortal, no matter how much gruesome ultra-violence is inflicted on it. High camp, shamelessly over the top, and, ultimately, underneath all the revenge and sorcery, an iconic take on sisters doing it for themselves.